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The little ones demand actions to take care of the planet and the Mar Menor in their Children's Plenary (02/12/2019)

The Plenary Hall of the City Council of Cartagena has hosted on Monday December 2 the plenary session of the program 'Plenary Infantile Municipal 2019', where the Environment has been the protagonist of the day.

Offered in the program by the Educational Programs Unit of the Department of Education of Cartagena to 6th graders, the plenary session was attended by the mayor of Cartagena, Ana Belén Castejón, and the Councilor for Education, Irene Ruiz.

The program 'Plenary Municipal Children 2019' began with the delivery of teaching material and has been going through the information and analysis of a real plenary session, the presentation of candidates and campaign teams, the electoral campaign, the primary elections and the preparation of motions.

The last session, held throughout the morning, consisted in the development of the full debate on the final motion made by each of the centers on the chosen theme.

This year, the topic of debate has been 'Actions for the Environment'.

The topic of the debate is proposed by the Department of Education among those that generate more interest in the school population.

In this session, students of 6th Primary Education (about 250 children) from Gabriela Mistral, Mediterranean, Virgen del Carmen and Ciudad Jardín schools participated, some as spectators from the different rooms of the Palace and others in the Plenary Hall of the City Council, those elected in the electoral procedure carried out in the centers as councilors / mayor, 7 of each center.

The composition of the full corporation has been formed by Mayor Paula Vera, from Ciudad Jardín, Deputy Mayor Mario Ruiz, Gabriela Mistral, Secretary Cristina Monsalve, del Mediterráneo and Deputy Secretary Leyre Blazquez, from Virgen del Carmen.

From the Gabriela Mistral Children's Recycling Group group, the councilors Álvaro Alonso, Rubén Martínez, Paula Liarte, Juan Francisco López, Aroa García, Aroa Ramos stand out;

of For a Better World of the Mediterranean, Patricia Guillamón, Emilio Sánchez, Marcos Oliva, Alma García-Parrado, Iván de Gregorio and Nerea Sereno;

of the Fight for Climate Change of the Virgen del Carmen, Hugo Arquimbau, Diego Ferreño, Alejandro Castillo, Ana Ortiz Canovas, Pablo Sevilla and Ilenia Escuela y del Jardín Jardín Cartagena, Daniela Canovas, Enrique Moreno, José Antonio Ríos, Anahit Yaroyan, Sanae el Kasimi and Keyla Dominguez.

After the welcome of the mayor of Cartagena, the Councilor for Education, Irene Ruiz, has asked the students that “the day is gratifying, that they learn a lot and above all that peace, respect, education reign, getting to a consensus. "

The political groups of the four schools agree on the following points:

Apply and practice the 3 Rs: Reuse, Recycle and Reduce.

Avoid the indiscriminate use of plastics: using biodegradable materials, prohibiting the packaging of many foods such as fruits and vegetables, raising taxes on companies that continue to use them.

Use cloth bags, reusable bottles or canteens and return the bottle hull.

Put more public transport: lowering the prices of these and even that they are free;

raise taxes on diesel / gasoline cars and lower electric prices.

Expand the bike lane and put rental bicycles.

Put more solar panels (we live in the land of the sun) and use renewable energy.

Plant more trees and cut less.

Reduce or eliminate intensive agriculture and of course near the Mar Menor.

Raise awareness from the childhood stage and put more fines.

In addition to the common proposals each center has made the following:

Proposals of the CJC group (Ciudad Jardín Cartagena) of CEIP Ciudad Jardín:

Create Ecological Surveillance Patrols so that people who break the rules (throwing cigarette butts, pet droppings, etc ...) will be fined that would consist of a cleaning service for the community during a weekend.

Card for points to exchange them for urban transport tickets, points would be earned each time a bottle or similar of plastic is delivered for example.

Creation of gardens and vertical orchards in the city promoting aid and subsidies for this.

Energy efficiency certificate mandatory for all homes.

Beneficial acts for the creation of gardens, planting more trees, bike lanes etc.…

Reuse the water used by air conditioners to take it to the WC, watering, cleaning streets, etc.

Proposals of the Mediterranean CEIP group:

Use powerful filters in factories to reduce the greenhouse effect and reward those that help.

Control and reduce the use of air conditioning and heating with appropriate window closures.

Change in the way of acting in the livestock avoiding fattening products, controlling animal husbandry through microchip and massification and with it the sacrifice.

Avoid the consumption of so much meat since each cow produces 3 to 4 liters of methane gas a day and thus take advantage of our Mediterranean diet.

Proposals of the CEIP Virgen del Carmen group:

Install waste oil bins and do soap making workshops.

Use LED lights.

Prohibit tobacco.

Proposals of the CEIP group Gabriela Mistral: This group has focused on actions that school children can carry out in their environment.

Each week a course will ensure that the school is clean.

Reuse the plastic collected in the school to make crafts.

Put a compost with organic waste in the yard and then use it in the school garden.

Mobilizations in favor of the environment through the streets near the school.

Before the session was lifted by the mayor, the spokesperson for the Virgen del Carmen school concluded the plenary session by stating that "we, the children of today, will be the ones who will make the world a better and happier place, that is why we claim the teachers, our parents , to the media and to the politicians that we all join together to take care of our planet, our house. "

This act with the proposals made will be sent to the various municipal services so that once their viability has been verified, they are carried out to the extent possible.

The plenary session has been followed in real time by the rest of the school through a link that has been provided to all the centers of the municipality and citizens in general, as it happens with the plenary sessions of the session.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Cartagena

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